Achaemenid Lion Rhyton

Achaemenid Lion Rhyton

Date 5th-3rd centuries BCE

Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Achaemenid

Medium Gold

Dimensions height 6.7″

Provenance Southwest Persia

Housed at Metropolitan Museum, New York


Craftsmen from across the Achaemenid empire were recruited to work the furnishings of the Palace of Xerxes and Darius, including this rhyton. The artists brought with them the styles of their respective homelands, and returned with those of their foreign colleagues. The rhyton’s composition of gold helps proclaim the power of the ruler.